AGL wins with Solar Flagships – but why go large?

AGL has won funding from the first round of Solar Flagships, but bigger is not necessarily better it seems. A market mechanism that encouraged commercial sector PV, and avoided the need to pick winners, would have been better than Solar Flagships.

AGL, in partnership with solar PV manufacturer, First Solar, has been revealed as the winner of the retendered round 1 for the government’s Solar Flagships program in the solar photovoltaic category.  But the cost of the 159MW projects at $2.80 per watt installed is barely cheaper than a large residential solar system, calling into question why we went through this whole elaborate and drawn out three-year selection process under Solar Flagships. 

AGL’s winning bid will employ First Solar’s thin film cadmium telluride panels in two project locations in inland NSW:

-- Nyngan, which will be 106MW; and

-- Broken Hill, which will be 53 MW.

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